Maestros, Part II

July 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

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The second week in a series highlighting a marvelous group of conductors who came from Europe from the 1930s to the 1970s, and transformed the American musical culture. We will listen to the conducting of Antal Doráti, Dmitry Mitropoulos, Bruno Walter, Maurice Abravanel, William Steinberg, Charles Munch, Erich Leinsdorf, and even the lad from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein. All of them had big personalities with a deep understanding of symphony orchestras.


Episode 5

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony in D Major, Hob. I: 101: I. Adagio – Presto
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 47557
Aaron Copland: Billy The Kid: 3. Mexican Dance and Finale (excerpt), 4. Prairie Night (Card Game At Night), 5. Gun Battle, 6. Celebration (After Billy’s Capture), 7. Billy’s Death, 8. The Open Prairie Again
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 42265
0:39, 11:39
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony #1, “Jeremiah”: 2. Profanation
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 47162
Leonard Bernstein: The Age of Anxiety (Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra): A) The Dirge (excerpt), B) The Masque, C) The Epilogue (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Foss, p.
Sony 47162
0:07, 4:34, 0:17
Leonard Bernstein: Serenade: IV. Agathon
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Zino Francescati, v.
Sony 60559
Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 47605

Episode 1

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite, Op. 35A, II. Viennese Musical Clock, III. Song, V. Intermezzo, VI. Entrance Of The Emperor & His Court
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/ Doráti
Mercury 432005
Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, op. 61, I. Allegro non troppo
New York Philharmonic/ Mitropoulos
Zino Francescati, v.
Sony 62339
Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Ballet, Op. 64, Romeo At Juliet’s Before Parting (No. 5 from Suite No. 2, Op. 64)
New York Philharmonic/ Mitropoulos
CBS 38772
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, I. Das Trinklied Von Jammer Der Erde, IV. Von Der Schönheit
New York Philharmonic/ Walter
Mildred Miller, ms. ,Ernst Haeflinger, t.
Sony 64455

Episode 2

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 82, II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto, III. Allegro molto
Utah Symphony Orchestra/ Abravanel
VAN 3133
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Steinberg
SER 69206
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, IV. Saltarello (Presto)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Steinberg
SER 65611

Episode 3

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
RCA 68444
Jacques Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call) II. Tunis-Nefta: Modéré très rythmé, III. Valencia: Animé
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
RCA 61500
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op.98, III. Allegro giocoso
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
RCA 61206
Claude Debussy : La Mer: I. De l’aube à midi sur la mer, II. Jeux de vagues, III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Münch
RCA 61500

Episode 4

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, III. Tempo di menuetto, IV. Allegro vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
RCA 1916822
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D minor: V. Lustig im Tempo und keck im Ausdruck
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Shirley Verrett, ms.
Boston Boychoir, New England Conservatory Chorus
RCA 63469
Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder: I. Introduction, II. Song of the Wood Dove (excerpt)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
RCA 63747
7:36, 0:05
Antoni Dvořák: Romance In F Minor, Op. 11, B 38
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Perlman, v.
RCA 63591
Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee: 3. Little Blue Devil
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
Mercury 434329-2
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116: I. Introduzione – Andante Non Troppo; Allegro Vivace
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leinsdorf
RCA 63309